How to use Clipper
Getting started with Clipper is easy.
- Register your card.
Registering your card protects your balance and lets you conveniently access transaction histories, set up Autoload and choose to receive important Clipper updates. Registration is free, and it’s automatic if you ordered your card online or by phone. Clipper charges a small fee to replace a registered card and transfer your balance. (Youth, senior and RTC Clipper cards are automatically registered.)
Register your card now.
- Add value.
You can add any combination of transit passes, cash value and parking value to your card. Add value online, by phone or in personor sign up for Autoload to add value automatically.
Learn more about the types of value, ways to add value and when your value will be available.
- Use your card.
Now you’re ready to ride!
Tag Your Card
Find the Clipper card reader on the bus or at fare gates, stations or ferry terminals. Hold your card flat against the reader until you hear a beep and see a green light, or the BART fare gate displays “OK.” Some agencies use handheld card readers to tag your card.
When you ride transit systems that charge by the distance you travel - BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, San Francisco Bay Ferry and Sonoma County Transit - you’ll need to tag again at the end of your trip. This ensures Clipper only charges you for the distance you actually traveled.
Check Your Balance
The card reader displays your balance or pass expiration date when you tag your card. You can also check your balance over the phone, online (if your card is registered) and whenever you add value to your card in person
Still have questions?
Learn how to use Clipper on your transit agency. Visit the Clipper home page and find your agency’s logo.